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CHANGE CAN BE A BLESSING

We live in a time of rapid change that comes about because of many diverse reasons. Change is precipitated by technological advances, for one.  I remember when we had one telephone that was on a shelf on the wall & we had to stand up to talk on it.  To dial a number, we asked the operator to dial “489”…yes, that was a phone number in my home town. But we got fancy and got a rotary dial phone!  I could NEVER had imagined the evolution that was to take place that would lead to all kids having a cell and even one that could take pictures, and even give us instantaneous global communication networks! Talk about CHANGE!

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Change also comes through economic troubles, natural disasters, socio-cultural transitions, death of loved ones, break up of relationships, and on and on. Multiple times in a day, things happen that influence or change our plans. No one escapes the challenge of change, and even thought there is really an “opportunity” in change, there is something hardwired in most of us that makes us resist and resent it. I think that the first reaction to a big change is sometimes fear.

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But the Bible says, “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and of a sound mind” 2Thimothy 1:7. When trust that that God is in control of all our circumstances and we acknowledge that we aren’t, we just have no reason to be afraid! It is a simple choice we can make. So if we really believe that God is sovereign that He has ordained our days (Psalm 139:16), then a strong case can be made for circumstances being signposts from God: either a new direction, a new blessing, a correction,  or maybe to get our attention, or a lesson in patience, submission, or seeking God’s will. Though difficult, we should give thanks for the bad as well as the good as the Bible says “GIve thanks in all things.” There is ALWAYS a blessing somewhere in there.

At the very least, I believe that God is guiding us toward at least one goal in every circumstance, good or bad, to be more like Jesus Christ. And if our lives never changed, we would have no opportunities to grow.  So, the next time you face an unexpected change, especially an unwelcomed one, look for the blessings & opportunities hiding inside.  Change is part of God’s loving plan for us!

How does this fit into the health puzzle? Well, when we trust God in all areas of our lives, he gives us a peace that is simply beyond explanation.  That means that it isn’t all about me and I don’t have to be anxious or angry or afraid or jealous or bitter or greedy or any of those emotions that help to make me sick!  Those emotions are like a cancer within us that do immeasurable damage to our well being. God is up 24/7 and HE can handle all our woes and guide us through them so we just don’t have to worry about them!

Have a blessed and safe 4th of July as you celebrate our FREEDOM  and give thanks for America!

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